V IS FOR VEGETABLE MEDLEY.
Veggies are incredibly nutritious and come in a range of different colours and textures – red, purple, green, yellow, brown and orange! They are packed with fibre and vitamins and can be eaten either raw or cooked – the perfect size for little hands. We all now, however, that getting little ones to eat their vegetables can be a little tricky… so here as some fun facts, a delicious recipe and a fun food craft to inspire some little appetites!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Capsicums are also known as “peppers” or “bell peppers” in some countries… although they aren’t spicy at all
- Red capsicum have the most vitamin C of all the capsicum colours.
- A large red capsicum has around three times more vitamin C than an orange.
- They are actually a fruit, not a vegetable.
- Red capsicum are simply green capsicums that have been left on the bush for longer, before picking.
- Capsicum are healthiest when eaten raw.
- Mushrooms are a high source of protein and contain more than most other vegetables.
- Mushrooms are one of the few vegetables that retain their vitamin and nutrient goodness when cooked – perhaps because it’s rare to boil them in water (which is where most water soluble vitamins get lost).
- One medium brown mushroom contains more potassium than a banana.
- Zucchini is actually a fruit (although in a culinary context it is regarded as a vegetable)
- The only fruit that starts with the letter Z, too!
- 1 average sized zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
- The name “zucchini” comes from “zucca” the Italian word for squash. Zucchini shares the same ancestors as pumpkins and squashes.
- We typically think of carrots as orange, but they can also be purple, white, yellow and red.
- Mel Blanc, who was the voice of cartoon character Bugs Bunny, apparently did not like carrots!
- Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing over 200% of a daily requirement in just 1 carrot!
- Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper the orange of the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting.
WHY ARE VEGGIES SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, to keep bodies healthy and ward off disease.
2- Full of fibre, they help to keep our tummies and digestive systems healthy – and reduce the chance of constipation.
3- The high fibre means that they help us feel fuller for longer – meaning that we don’t need to snack as often.
4- They feed the good bacteria in our digestive systems – which helps to keep the good bacteria healthy, to fight off infection (bad bacteria) and boost immunity.
5- Eating vegetables daily actually means that we have healthier bodies that can then absorb MORE healthy nutrients from the foods we eat! Don’t forget to eat lots of different kinds of veggies, rather than just the same ones every week. They all come with their own nutritious properties and health benefits so variety is key.
Below we have a fun veggie craft idea on how to make “Vegetable Medley Train Carriages” as well as a simple delicious recipe (coming soon)…. These are fun ways to celebrate veggies, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they’re so good for us and important in our diets!